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Introduction to Art History: France through the Ages

Art History is a window to the past to understand social and cultural history. Over the centuries, France has played a leading role in the cultural life of Europe from the emergence of Roman and Gothic architecture to the rebellious Impressionists, creating masterpieces that gave a new meaning to the concept of art. The art forms that will be reviewed are: painting, sculpture and architecture. SUGGESTED READING The Story of Art, E.H. Gombrich The Met, Heilbrunn Timeline of Art... [More]
$228 Limited inc GST / $205
Introduction to Art History: France through the Ages

<p>Art History is a window to the past to understand social and cultural history. Over the centuries, France has played a leading role in the cultural life of Europe from the emergence of Roman and

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The Ottoman Empire - From Osman to Erdogan

At its peak, the Ottoman Empire controlled much of three continents : Southeast Europe, parts of Central Europe, Western Asia and the Caucasus, North Africa and the Horn of Africa – an area larger than the great Roman empire. Its sultans, or caliphs, include some of the great figures of history, like Mehmed the Conqueror and Suleyman the Magnificent, and its laws live on in the legal systems of countries as diverse as Hungary and Israel, as well as in modern Turkey. This course... [More]
$189 Limited inc GST / $170
The Ottoman Empire - From Osman to Erdogan

<p>At its peak, the Ottoman Empire controlled much of three continents : Southeast Europe, parts of Central Europe, Western Asia and the Caucasus, North Africa and the Horn of Africa – an area larger

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All Things Australian - A Look at Australian Poetry

Explore the marvellous variety and depth of Australian poetry. Each week we take a theme to explore both Australian poetry and the Australian identity. Famous poets and their poems and lesser known poets and their poems will be featured in this Australian showcase. COURSE OUTLINE At War – including Kenneth Slessor’s ‘Beach Burial’ and Leon Gellet’s 'Night Attack' In the bush – including Jack Davis' ‘Camped in the Bush’ and Jordie Albiston’s 'Letter Home (Margaret Catchpole) Weather... [More]
$228 Limited inc GST / $205
All Things Australian - A Look at Australian Poetry

<p>Explore the marvellous variety and depth of Australian poetry. Each week we take a theme to explore both Australian poetry and the Australian identity. Famous poets and their poems and lesser known

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Philosophy, Myths and Fairy Tales

From Socratic interrogation to analytic philosophy, western philosophers are often expected to dissociate themselves from religion and myth. This course challenges this notion, by looking at philosophers who thought differently as well as writers of fairy tales. COURSE OUTLINE Myth in Pre-Socratic Philosophy and Socratic Philosophy. Pre-Socratic philosophers tended to pass on their wisdom via myths and sacred stories. German Romanticism, Myth and Fairytales This lesson focuses on... [More]
$189 Limited inc GST / $170
Philosophy, Myths and Fairy Tales

<p>From Socratic interrogation to analytic philosophy, western philosophers are often expected to dissociate themselves from religion and myth. This course challenges this notion, by looking at

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Palestine and the Palestinians

What we know about the Palestinians today we tend to know through the modern conflict between Israel and the Arabs or because of the struggle for control within Palestine between Hamas and Fatah. But what exactly is Palestine and who are the Palestinians? Is there a discreet and definable nation called Palestine? The Palestinian people today claim a heritage in the area for thousands of years, a claim disputed by many Jewish people. This course looks at Palestine from its early... [More]
$142 Limited inc GST / $128
Palestine and the Palestinians

<p>What we know about the Palestinians today we tend to know through the modern conflict between Israel and the Arabs or because of the struggle for control within Palestine between Hamas and Fatah.

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Life in Medieval Germany

The term “Middle Ages” describes the epoch of European History between Antiquity and Modern Times. Away from the bigger picture of wars, monarchies and empire building, the way of everyday life and the smaller events shaping local economies is often overlooked. Rediscover those hidden facets of German history. COURSE OUTLINE The Medieval Epochs can be divided into three eras: Early, High and Late Middle Ages. Across these three periods we will be looking at the development of the... [More]
$189 Limited inc GST / $170
Life in Medieval Germany

<p>The term “Middle Ages” describes the epoch of European History between Antiquity and Modern Times. Away from the bigger picture of wars, monarchies and empire building, the way of everyday life and

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Shakespeare's Radicals

How could Shakespeare, who enjoyed both public success and social climbing, be a political radical? In exploring his more explicitly radical, but lesser-known plays, we will piece together what political agenda Shakespeare might have had as a writer. We will locate the spectacle of these radical works in their political context – the role of Richard II in the Essex uprising, the significance of The Tempest as Britain began colonisation. This course is suitable for students new to... [More]
$189 Limited inc GST / $170
Shakespeare's Radicals

<p>How could Shakespeare, who enjoyed both public success and social climbing, be a political radical? In exploring his more explicitly radical, but lesser-known plays, we will piece together what

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A History of Ballet: From Europe to Australia

For ballet lovers who want to learn the history and cultural context of this art form. We analyse performances and choreographic structures, and explore the meaning of movement in different choreographic repertoires. The course outlines the origins of ballet and the milestones achieved by ballet practitioners throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in Europe and Russia and its transmission to Australia. SUGGESTED READING Jennifer Homans, Apollo’s Angels: A History of... [More]
$189 Limited inc GST / $170
A History of Ballet: From Europe to Australia

<p>For ballet lovers who want to learn the history and cultural context of this art form. We analyse performances and choreographic structures, and explore the meaning of movement in different

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Archaeology, Artefacts and Ancient Technology

Trace the journey of the fascinating remnants of ancient human life from their discovery in archaeological excavations to their display in museums and collections. Personally examine and analyse a wide variety of genuine ancient and quality museum replica artefacts in “hands-on” sessions. Discover how the study of archaeology and artefacts enriches our research into history – and ourselves. SUGGESTED READING Albaanese, M., Domenici, D., Ferrero, G, Maggi, S., 2010, Archaeology from... [More]
$108 Limited inc GST / $97
Archaeology, Artefacts and Ancient Technology

<p>Trace the journey of the fascinating remnants of ancient human life from their discovery in archaeological excavations to their display in museums and collections. Personally examine and analyse a

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Asian Nations: The Demise of the European Empires in Asia 1945-1950

Huge changes took place in the Asian nations in the years immediately after World War 2. China became a Communist dictatorship in 1949 and invaded Tibet in 1950. Indonesia, India, Vietnam and Cambodia fought their European colonial masters for independence. The Korean War 1950-1953 entrenched polarised Communist and Non Communist blocs in the Cold War and remains a highly contested area of foreign policy in 2018. Japan struggled to emerge from the horrors of the atomic bombs... [More]
$108 Limited inc GST / $97
Asian Nations: The Demise of the European Empires in Asia 1945-1950

<p>Huge changes took place in the Asian nations in the years immediately after World War 2. China became a Communist dictatorship in 1949 and invaded Tibet in 1950. Indonesia, India, Vietnam and

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